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Poole Museum’s art collection currently contains over 2,000 paintings, prints and drawings, including approximately 250 oil paintings. The collection has strong local topographical and maritime elements, reflecting Poole’s long maritime history and providing a fascinating record of the town, its industry and its people. Poole’s first museum was established in 1890 and the art collection has been expanding and developing since that time. Works have been acquired largely through the generous gifts and bequests of members of the public, with purchases frequently being made possible by the assistance of grant-aiding bodies. The collection includes three works by Henry Lamb one of the eminent artists attracted to Poole by its picturesque location and quayside life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It incorporates a large bequest of works by the marine artist Bernard Finnigan Gribble, a fine example being 'The Whelp of the Black Rover'. 'Sir Peter Thompson (1698–1770)' is a notable example of the Georgian portraits of local merchants and dignitaries.